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   Re: [xml-dev] ANN: new markup language for user interfaces

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1/29/2002 7:09:21 PM, Ramesh Gupta <ramesh@eNode.com> wrote:

>eNode is pleased to announce a powerful and flexible markup language 
>describing user interfaces of web applications with 
real functionality.
>The language is designed to describe complex user interfaces and 
>collections of objects as completely as possible using an XML-based 

This is interesting, but I'm not quite sure what to make of it. "A 
declarative XML-based language for developing Java applications" is a 
capsule description that seems to cover it. The vision described on 
the web page sounds a bit like the use case for Curl, but it 
leverages more of the "Web" (broadly defined, please don't flame me!) 
infrastructure such as XML and Java.  But unlike Curl and DHTML it 
doesn't run in the browser, but can be used to access objects/data 
over the Web ... Help me out here with the "vision thing."  And how 
do you expect developers to distribute their infastructure for their 
XALT applications if thay don't run in the browser? Also, Google has 
very little information on eNode.com; can you say any more about the 
company, its resources, its backers ...?

This could be another historic showdown between "worse is better" 
(dynamic HTML) and "better is better" (Curl or eNode/XALT with their 
presumably better visuals, performance, exploitation of the desktop 
CPU, etc.).  I'm getting old and crotchety and have vowed to never 
again bet against "worse is better" in the marketplace, but I'm 
hoping to be wrong one of these times.  I would tend (after a very 
cursory reading) tend to believe that the eNode approach is more 
likely to succeed than Curl because it leverages all the lessons that 
Sun has learned about making client-side Java work better, leverages 
XML and the DOM, and can more plausibly claim to be standards-based.

Anyway, this is all just an invitation to discuss these issues; I 
have no strong opinons or vested interests here.


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